Friday, June 29, 2012
Kindle Text-to-Speech for Audiobook Month
In the interest of June is Audiobook Month, here's one for all you Kindle owners: your Kindle can read to you.
I'm not actually talking audiobooks. You can upload an audiobook to your Kindle, yes, but what I mean is your Kindle can read your ebooks to you. The ebooks you've purchased or otherwise procured, which are in text format. Or e-ink format, if we're being specific.
Most Kindles have a killer feature called Text-to-Speech. It is still dubbed an "experimental application" but the option is there and it works.
It takes a little getting used to. I'm hoping no one will leave a comment about how it doesn't sound anything like that handsome British actor, with his fab accents and inflections and swoony ways. And honestly, you shouldn't expect it to sound like that handsome British actor; you should simply be amazed and struck by the wonder that is your skinny little Kindle's computer voice reading to you when you'd otherwise find yourself unable to read an awesome book!
There are two voice options to choose from: male or female. I choose the voice that best coordinates with the book I'm reading. Some books do not support Text-to-Speech, but I haven't yet come across any in my Kindle library.
Oh, I love Text-to-Speech. I can now devour pages and pages of the books I'd normally have to put down to wash the dishes, fold laundry, clean the windows. And hey, with ear buds and a little creative ingenuity, one could even listen while vacuuming. Let me know how that works out, will you? I do a lot of vacuuming.
I've found that most Kindle owners are unaware of this amazing little feature and that hurts my heart a little. I hope this is news to you. I hope you'll be able to ignore how computerized the voice sounds and just enjoy listening to the stories. I hope this will encourage you to buy a Kindle if you've been on the fence!
Be proud of your little Kindle! Aww, they grow up so fast.
(More Text-to-Speech info found here.)